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APPLEBAUM, MARK: Sock Monkey
The worst thing about this CD is its title. The pieces themselves are varied, extremely well executed, beautifully recorded and of a consistently high standard. MA is a youngish (41) American composer who mixes traditional and electronic resources intelligently, so these are consequent works -though not without humour - and imaginative. There are 10 compositions, for all manner of different instrumentations, usually but not always including live electronics, ranging from small mixed ensembles, through percussion trio, 8 prepared pianos and solo trumpet to full orchestra. Particularly fine are Variations on variations on a theme by Mozart (18 prepared pianos), and Magnetic North. Highly entertaining. With an excellent and informative booklet with useful notes by the composer.